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bio website velostrigiformes.tumblr.com
location Portland, ME
age 28
visits member for 2 years, 3 months
seen Jul 23 at 1:22

I'm fascinated with bicycles...with how they work, how they're built, how they're used, and what they have to offer. I'm pursuing an MS in Civil Engineering specifically to design and construct cycling infrastructure for transportation planning.

I have worked with several bike-share programs providing free access to bicycles for students, workers, and retirees. In addition, I volunteer as a bicycling safety advocate with local schools.

I appreciate lugged steel, leather saddles, Bridgestones, and pink bar tape.

My next big goal is a cross-country ride from Maine to California.


Oct
10
comment Change the angle of the arc of downtube / stem shifter lever to make it an alternative thumb shifter?
So, do you have a cable/housing stop that will work with these?
Oct
9
answered I am having trouble identifying the manufacturer of this bike
Oct
9
comment I am having trouble identifying the manufacturer of this bike
k2bike.com/index.php?page=search
Oct
5
comment Full carbon fiber 29er suspension mountain bike from AliBaba
Doubly true for anything carbon fiber.
Oct
4
comment Treacherous ride - top half of fork points backwards, but the bottom points forward
I wouldn't ride it. Were the fork to fail (which is a very real possibility) you're guaranteed a trip into the pavement. Bring it to a bike shop - it is easier to fix than broken bones.
Oct
4
comment Treacherous ride - top half of fork points backwards, but the bottom points forward
To my eyes that fork looks bent! Better bring it by a bike shop to have them check!
Oct
4
comment Is it cost efficient to Convert a Huffy Mens mountain bike to a road bike like the one I rented at Orange Peel in CO?
Right on...by the time you buy new brakes, seats, tires, drivetrain components, etc... you'd be better off buying something used (or new at a good price.)
Oct
4
comment Treacherous ride - top half of fork points backwards, but the bottom points forward
Could you provide some photos? I'm having a hard time imagining everything.
Oct
2
comment Panniers or rack bags for photography equipment
Maybe not exactly what you're looking for, but with nice photos and instructions: lovelybike.blogspot.com/2013/04/…
Oct
2
comment Very basic mudguard question
@Aaron He's definitely asking about the stays and mounting hardware. The tabs that support the eye bolts are riveted or welded to the fender and aren't generally replaceable. Can you clarify what you mean?
Oct
2
revised Very basic mudguard question
Edited to reflect regional terminology differences.
Oct
2
comment Very basic mudguard question
@jimirings that's a good point. I'll edit to reflect that.
Oct
2
answered Very basic mudguard question
Sep
26
comment Alternative uses for an aluminum MTB frame
FWIW If you have a hammer and a 8 inch piece of pipe you can remove the headset cups no problem.
Sep
25
comment Older Motobecane conversion
What exactly are you converting? What do you mean by 'older'?
Sep
24
comment How long does a shifter, rear mech and front mech last?
There is no good way to answer this. I've seen shifting components fail after half of a season. Others will last two decades. It totally depends on the design, brand, materials, usage, and more on luck.
Sep
24
comment Crank arm snapped: what could have caused it?
Aluminum parts (cranks, handlebars, stems...) don't last forever, sadly.
Sep
22
comment For road riding, are mountain bikes safer than road bikes?
I'd like to suggest that you look at the Surly Long Haul Trucker. It is a classic touring bike, overbuilt (so it is very durable), it comes with 26" and 700c wheel options so you size it correctly. The tire clearance is also quite large so you can experiment with different width tires. Overall it is a great value!
Sep
21
comment For road riding, are mountain bikes safer than road bikes?
Two "road" bikes can be as dissimilar as a road bike and a mountain bike. Try looking at touring bikes or hybrids: they're sturdy, fast, and easy to handle. If you're staying on paved road or gravel trails it is the way to go.
Sep
19
comment May I ignore the frame damage (or should I get a budget carbon frame)
You might reword the title to reflect that you're looking to verify whether your current frame is shot. Otherwise, you're asking two (tangentially) questions here.